Greencastle police history subject of museum meeting

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
This two-story brick building, at 60 N. Washington St., Greencastle, was completed in 1888 and served as the engine house for the fire company.  In 1895, the Borough Council moved into an upstairs office in the building and when the fire company moved to 48 S. Carlisle St. in 1948, the Borough used the whole building. Today, the offices of the Greencastle Police Department are located in the old fire engine building.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc., Greencastle, will hold its monthly speaker’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the restored German bank barn at 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The barn is heated and ADA accessible.

The history of the Greencastle Police Department will be presented over the past 137 years, along with the history of law enforcement. Officer Ben Thomas Jr. will present a PowerPoint presentation of photographs, research, municipal minutes, and newspaper articles that date back to 1877. Displays will include former police uniforms, badges and a modern police vehicle.

Officer Thomas first enlisted with the Department in May 1980 and has worked in the Greencastle-Antrim community for the past 34 years as a police officer, as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer in the 1990s, and a municipal government manager.  He still works on a part-time basis with the Greencastle Police Department and is the Manager of Cumberland Township in Adams County, where a majority of the Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park is located.  Thomas is a 40-year, active member of the Rescue Hose Company and a member of the Allison-Antrim Museum.

The program is open to the public. There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series. Park on South Ridge Avenue and use the ADA accessible brick walk that leads directly to the barn door, at the welcome banner.

For more information please visit the museum's website at www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9325.